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Everyday science
作者:21ST    来源:初中版第29期    日期: 2010-09-21

Chen Longyin showed his model at the competition last Friday.

外研版初三年级:Great inventions


话题归类:科普知识与现代技术 Modern technology


MORE than 260 students put their ideas on show at the 24th Beijing Youth Science Creation Competition (北京青少年科技创新大赛) March 26-28.

Beijing students, together with about 20 kids from New Zealand, South Korea, Japan and Italy, showed everyone their creative (有创造性的) work at the competition.

During the competition, students also answered questions from some of the country's most famous scientists.

The subject of this year's competition was "finding science in your life". Students either made inventions (发明) or wrote essays (论文) telling people where we can find science in our everyday lives.

Some of the most interesting inventions were small ones, like an anti-theft (防盗的) mobile phone holder and a remote control (遥控器) that can come back to its user's hand by itself.

Making life better

Chen Longyin and Luan Jinghui, both Juniors at Shangdi Experimental School, worked together to make a model of a new, "smart" parking lot (停车场). It uses computers to make parking much easier. Their model won second prize. The idea came from their school. Parking is always a problem there, they said.

"It didn't come from a book," said Chen, who spent two months working on the invention.

"It's good when kids have the kinds of science ideas that no teacher or book can give them," said William D. Redfort, a special judge from New Zealand.

Some kids at the competition didn't have inventions, but they showed their ideas by writing essays on many different subjects.

"The Last Bottle of Clean Air," written by Yan Jun, a Junior 2 at No 5 Middle School in Beijing's Huairou District, won first prize. Yan wrote about environmental pollution (环境污染).

Yan says in her essay that she always thought the air in Huairou was clean. But then, she found out that wasn't true. Yan also tells how we can all protect the environment around us.

"I learned that sometimes what I think is not always correct. I had to rewrite the whole thing a few times," Yan said. "But that's the way science is. It has its ups and downs."

Wang Lijun, one of the leaders of the competition, said he hoped more young people would get interested in everyday science.

"The goal is to inspire (激励), to get people to say, 'Hey, maybe I shouldn't just spend my life watching TV. Maybe I should build something,'" Wang said.

关键词:外研版 初三 Great inventions 科普知识与现代技术 Modern technology



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